How the 2013 influenza A/H7N9 was thought to have arisen….

This is a graphical resurrection of sorts. An old image of mine I made back in 2013/14 and some text from what used to be the H7N9 page on my Read More …

Avian influenza A H7N9 virus starts its 6th wave….

It’s that time of year again! No, not time for more leftovers, but time to turn our eyes towards China for signs of H7N9 activity.[1] While this is a ‘bird Read More …

Why the current influenza season is a big one…

We wrote a little something on this topic for the Conversation back in November. It may be of interest you in the northern hemisphere. You can read the entire piece, Read More …

“Rhinovirus” occurs in people who are not sick ergo it never causes sickness…

In a community study of healthy infants reported in 2015 the authors stated that “Our finding of low RSV prevalence in asymptomatic infants suggests that RSV is likely the causative Read More …

Human respiratory syncytial virus: an example of why calling them many usually outweighs calling them few, or one

Human respiratory syncytial virus (HRSV) is a beast of a respiratory virus among infants-a leading cause of their hospitalization. One estimate reported the worldwide infection of 33.8 million infants younger Read More …

Well done Aussies, the people made marriage equality law….its leaders, not so much

While this entire horrible process of “allowing” our LGBQTI community to legally show their dedication to one another in the eyes of the law – the way the rest of Read More …

Rhinovirus Cs make use of less regulation…

A new Australian study may help to explain why asthmatics have trouble suppressing the inflammation triggered by respiratory virus infections.[1] In particular, the inflammation due to members of one species Read More …

A cold virus in the blood…

Sometimes, viruses jump – or leak – from where we think they belong, turning up in an unexpected body compartment. We saw it with Ebola virus – it’s now known Read More …

The MERS CoV receptor and areas for new research….

Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a respiratory disease of humans. The receptor for the causative coronavirus (CoV) is called dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP4). DPP4 has a wide tissue distribution and Read More …

MERS CoV accessory proteins interfere with interferon…

This concept (see the paper adjacent and others [6,7]) is not news in the world of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), but it’s interesting to remember in light of Read More …